Yes, We Can Help You Fix Your Car

Auto Repair Reference CenterWe get many calls for car repair manuals, so we know some of you are trying to save money by servicing or repairing your own vehicles. We want to remind you that Auto Repair Reference Center is a free online service accessible with your valid 14-digit Bristol Library card that gives you access to information on tens of thousands of vehicles from 1954 to present — everything from drawings and step-by-step photographs to technical service bulletins & recalls issued by the original equipment vehicle manufacturer to wiring diagrams for easy viewing and printing and maintenance schedules.

To access Auto Repair Reference Center just visit our Reference services page and click on ARRC icon.  (If you access the database from outside the library, you will be prompted for your Bristol library card number). Then choose the year, make, and model of the vehicle you are interested in (for example: 2000, Dodge, Neon).

Start Signing!

Signing Savvy LogoSigning Savvy, an online American Sign Language (ASL) learning resource, is now accessible from our website, bristollib.com, with your valid Bristol library card. Just visit our website and select the icon shown to the right. You will need to sign in to Signing Savvy with your 14-digit library card number and then create a username and password of your own.

Signing Savvy contains several thousand high-resolution videos of ASL signs, finger-spelled words and other common signs used within the U.S. and Canada. It also includes the ability to build your own word lists, share lists with others, create virtual flash cards and quizzes, print signs, build sign phrases, and more.

You can browse Signing Savvy by categories such as letters, numbers, colors, animals, finger spelling, world geography and more. Signing Savvy also includes articles and information that can help anyone learn ASL or improve their existing skills.

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Want to learn on the go? No problem! Download the free Signing Savvy Member App from the App Store or Google Play and sign in to it with your Signing Savvy username and password to search for and view thousands of high-quality sign videos, build your own vocabulary word lists, view other members shared word lists, and much more … just like the website.

Questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us at 860-584-7787 x2017.  We’re very excited to offer Signing Savvy to our patrons and want you to have the best experience possible with it. We will be offering walk-in help sessions on:

  • Thursday Sept 20, 6 – 7:30
  • Monday October 1, 3 – 4:30
  • Saturday October 13, 2 – 3:30

We’re not promising you’ll be as savvy as Stephen Torrence in the video below, but you should gain a good understanding of American Sign Language and be able to communicate more fluently.

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¡El que habla dos lenguas vale por dos!

“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.” — Frank Smith

Have you been wanting to learn a new language, or perhaps want to brush up on a language you haven’t used in a while, but thought you didn’t have the time or money for classes? We can help with that! We now offer the online language learning tool, Transparent Language Online from Recorded Books, which is freely accessible anywhere with an Internet connection and your valid library card number.

From Albanian to Zulu, and dozens in between, you can choose the language you are interested in and begin cruising through lessons right away! Native speakers of Spanish, Polish, Chinese, and many other languages can also access English language learning modules.

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To access Transparent Language Online, visit our website, bristollib.com and select the icon shown above. You will need to sign in to Transparent Language Online with your 14-digit library card number and then create a username and password of your own.

Want to learn while you travel or commute? Byki Mobile allows you to take Transparent Language Online learning “on the go” with your Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, or Android powered device. There is no charge. All you need is Byki for iPhone or Android, which are free in the App Store and Google Play.

When you log in to the site and create your personalized username and password, you can choose to “Go Mobile” and follow the three steps shown to download and run the app.

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Don’t hesitate to contact us at 860-584-7787 x2017 with your questions. We’re very excited to offer Transparent Language to our patrons and want you to have the best experience possible with it. We will be offering walk-in help sessions on:

  • Thursday Sept 20, 6 – 7:30
  • Monday October 1, 3 – 4:30
  • Saturday October 13, 2 – 3:30

¡El que habla dos lenguas vale por dos! The person who speaks two languages is worth two!

New Online Learning Tools

We’re pleased to announce we have expanded our current online research and services collection with the recent addition of Recorded Books’ Signing Savvy, Transparent Languages Online, and Universal Class! These services are now available to card-holding Bristol residents through the library’s website.  (Some of you may remember Universal Class from the public trial we held in January).

Signing Savvy is an online American Sign Language resource providing access to a constantly expanding dictionary of thousands of high-resolution videos of common signs and finger-spelled words and phrases. Other features include sign descriptions, memory aids, full screen videos, printable signs, flash cards and quizzes, word list sharing, a phrase builder, social networking, and a mobile app.

Transparent Languages Online gives web access to learn more than eighty different languages. This program uses a guided learning experience to give a good start to each learner and exposes learners to the language through classic learning exercises, games, and cultural and social connections.

Universal Class offers over five hundred online continuing education courses taught by real instructors with continuous remote access allowing learners to study on their own schedule. Assignments are graded by certified instructors. Feedback and discussion with other students and instructors is conducted via email or chat.

These services are accessible at the library, through a home computer, and/or smartphone applications with a valid Bristol library card. To access them, visit bristollib.com and select your service of choice. If outside the library, you will be prompted to enter your library card for verification before creating a username and password.

For more information regarding online services, please contact Reference at 860-584-7787 x2017. We’re very excited to offer these services to our patrons and want you to have the best experience possible with them!

We will be offering walk-in help sessions on:

  • Thursday Sept 20, 6 – 7:30
  • Monday October 1, 3 – 4:30
  • Saturday October 13, 2 – 3:30